49ers training camp report: DeForest Buckner injures his ankle

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Wednesday morning. THE GOOD 1. RB Tim Hightower. Hightower split time on the first-team offense with Carlos Hyde – those two have shared reps evenly with the starters all of training camp. And while it’s clear Hyde has more raw talent than Hightower, Hightower still is more comfortable and productive than Hyde in Kyle Shanahan’s system. The offense functions better…

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49ers practice participation report: Keith Reaser out with a knee injury

Here is the 49ers anticipated Wednesday practice participation report, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department. OL J.P. Flynn: knee, out. OLB Eli Harold: head, out, day-to-day. TE George Kittle: hamstring, individual drills. CB Keith Reaser: knee, out, day-to-day. S Eric Reid: ankle, individual drills. S Jaquiski Tartt: rib, out day-to-day. Good news: Eric Reid and George Kittle seems close to returning to practice. Not so good news: Cornerback Keith Reaser,…

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49ers training camp report: Tim Hightower — not Carlos Hyde — on field for first play of practice

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Monday morning. THE GOOD 1. DE Aaron Lynch. Lynch has lost more than 20 pounds since the beginning of OTAs when he says he weighed between 295 lbs. and 300 lbs. According to Lynch, he currently weighs 273 lbs. Good for him. I thought he would gain weight during the five weeks between minicamp and training camp when he didn’t…

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49ers training camp report: Joshua Garnett upsets Charles Haley

SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Sunday morning. THE GOOD 1. DT DeForest Buckner. Today was the first day the 49ers wore pads, so I focused mainly on the players who hit each other, particularly the linemen – both on offense and defense. And the best lineman on the team clearly is second-year defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. None of the interior offensive linemen could block him…

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Kyle Shanahan says Carlos Hyde “has given himself a chance to have a good season.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Sunday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Is Training Camp more calm when there’s no quarterback competition? “I don’t think so. I think, from an outside perspective it is, because that’s usually the easiest thing, I think always people want to hear about the quarterbacks the most and so when there’s a quarterback battle it usually dominates camp….

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Brian Hoyer has a perfect practice at 49ers training camp

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Saturday morning. THE GOOD 1. QB Brian Hoyer. As far as what Hoyer could control, he was perfect. Of his six incompletions, one was a drop by Pierre Garcon, two were throw-aways and three were pass breakups by cornerbacks. Hoyer threw zero bad passes. Overall, he completed 13 of 19 (68 percent), and he wasn’t just dinking and dunking….

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49ers training camp report: George Kittle is Brian Hoyer’s favorite target

1 SANTA CLARA Here’s what stood out to me during practice Friday morning. THE GOOD 1. TE George Kittle. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer threw more passes (five) to Kittle than to any other player. Kittle seems to be Hoyer’s favorite target, probably because none of the Niners linebackers can cover the rookie tight end. During seven-on-seven drills, Kittle easily beat starting middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman with an out route. Kittle…

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Kyle Shanahan on Solomon Thomas: “He’s a guy I believe is in shape.”

SANTA CLARA Here’s a transcript of Kyle Shanahan’s Friday post-practice press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   What happened with DB Jimmie Ward, to sustain that injury? “He did it in our conditioning test, which was unfortunate for him and for us obviously. He tweaked it halfway through it. I don’t, we don’t think it was a full pull or anything, but we want to be smart and…

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Brian Hoyer: “This is my team. This is my offense.”

1 SANTA CLARA Quarterback Brian Hoyer answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Take us through the three days you were in Dallas, what was accomplished there? “It was great, first and foremost just to get back around the guys. You get so much time off and you spend so much time with the guys while you’re here and…

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Kyle Shanahan explains why the 49ers did not sign Colin Kaepernick, plus more

SANTA CLARA Head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   First off, is everybody here? What is DL Solomon Thomas’ contract situation? John Lynch: “Yeah, we’re still working on that. There’s been a lot of productive conversations here in the last couple of days. Just left some of those, and we’re hopeful…

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Joe Staley says he prefers to play with players who are “are all about football all the time.”

SANTA CLARA Offensive tackle Joe Staley answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: How big is the challenge of learning a new system this year now that Kyle Shanahan is your coach? STALEY: His playbook is known as being very intricate and it has a lot of moving pieces and a lot of different things that he throws at you and he expects a lot…

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Eric Reid: “I’m confident I will be on somebody’s team next year, whether it’s this one or somewhere else.”

SANTA CLARA Safety Eric Reid answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: What are realistic expectations for the team? REID: For me and I think for the team is to take it one week at a time. We’re not going to settle for anything. We know that we struggled last year. We’re trying get the ship going in the right direction. But for me, I’m trying…

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NaVorro Bowman: “The Achilles is fine. I’m not worried about that.”

SANTA CLARA Linebacker NaVorro Bowman answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: How do you approach this training camp? BOWMAN: Just excited to play again. I’ve been out for a while, so my approach has always been ready to go for minicamp. I’ve been putting the work in. I’ve maintained, if not gotten better, with my body, so I feel excited to be able to…

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Carlos Hyde: “I feel like I fit the scheme very well.”

SANTA CLARA Running back Carlos Hyde answered questions in the 49ers media auditorium Thursday. Here’s a transcript. Q: What’s the focus for you as you enter training camp? HYDE: Get ready to go. I’m still learning the playbook. I’ve got a good grasp of the playbook, but taking it to the next level with the playbook. This offseason, I was more focused on the passing game because the running back…

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NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal hears Carlos Hyde could be “a surprise cut”

As all of you know, I have said for months that Carlos Hyde may not make the 49ers final roster because he is a poor fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Apparently, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com has heard the same thing about Hyde from an inside source. Rosenthal shared this nugget Friday on his podcast when he was playing a game called “What’s more likely?” Here’s what he said: “What’s more…

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49ers season preview: 5 storylines to follow

The 49ers have a new coaching staff, a new general manager, a whole new regime. Their job is to slowly rebuild a team that won only two games last season. Because of a few critical veteran additions and a relatively easy schedule, the Niners could return to the playoffs as soon as this season. But a few things must go their way, especially during training camp. Here are their top…

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